January 28, 2016

#21 Review - Glossybox January '16

The theme of Glossybox January is "New year, new you".

Borotalco Vivifying bath & shower oil (€5,99/250ml)
Contains sesame and citrus oils. No soap, parabenes, hypoallergenic and tested on sensitive skin.
My sensitive skin had no negative reaction. No red itchy patches (as usual in winter). It smells strong as most shower gels do. If you like citrus and sesame smell, you like this smell.
I'd say this is okay to buy.

Eubos Sensitive Hand Repair & Protection (€6,30/75ml)
Has a new active formula - "Hygro-Derm-Factor" to optimize and stabilize the moisture of your hands.
This is the best hand creme I ever had. Very decent smell. Settles in very fast and leaves you with really soft skin.
I'm sure I will buy this again when it's empty!

Talika Photo-Hydra Day (€35,00/30ml)
This day creme combines hyaluronic acid with natural light - water will be stored within cells and plumps up your skin.
I have very dry, sensitive combination skin. Yes, it does moisturize. The effect is probably really good on normal or little dry skin. But it's not enough moisture for me - not for this prize.
Will use it up, but not buy it again.

Benefit Cosmetics They're real! Tinted primer (€26,00/8,5g)
Boosts your lashes to make them look longer, fuller and dense.
It should be waterproof, which I didn't test as I always take eye make up of with remover, but who doesn't... You can use it solo - looks brown here but you get really dark lashes almost as with mascara - or as primer for mascara, which should hold longer and be improved.
Benefit made a great product here. Both application alone and underneath mascara is really something you need at least to try. You never had such amazing lashes.
Don't know if I could live without that.

John Frieda Luxurious volume root-booster blow dry lotion (€7,49/125ml)
As a typical natural blondie, my hair is fine, as straight as it could be and volume? Seriously what is that *laugh* Colouring it does destroy it but won't give it any volume. As my hair is also easy greasy I never really used after-wash products as I was in fear they would make it even more greasy.
This product doesn't. I use it on my roots after washing my hair when it's still damp, blow dry the roots and whoosh! here comes the volume. Not like models or actors have, but more volume than I ever thought I could have. And it's not getting more greasy at all.
I am addicted to this stuff. Do I need anything more to say?

Nivea 3 in 1 refreshing cleansing wipe
This was a special goodie in the box. The cleaning effect is ok, but I havn't found any cleansing wipes yet, that remove ALL of your make up. I always use something else too to get really clean skin.
But at last they don't burn my skin, so I can use them up.

Nivea wash creme, wash gel and day cremes
Also goodies in the box. Didn't use them yet but as it is Nivea I expect them to be pretty good, but not thaaaaat awesome for my skin.

Do you use any of those products? Tell me what you think.

Have a nice cup of cocoa this thursday,

January 23, 2016

#20 Nail design and outfit - A lot of black and darkness

First the question: Which of the four designs do you like more?
Left hand on the left, right hand on the right side. Top are with normal clear top coat, bottom with matte top coat.
I'm currently in love with matte nails. I don't know why, it's just different.
Yes, that nail design could be for halloween *laugh* but I tried a little more "gothy" style.

I used:
essence the gel nail polish: 17 juicy love (red)
essence the gel nail polish: 31 electriiiiiic (blue)
essence effect nail polish latex matt: 32 the black cat (black)
and claire's matte top coat (I can only recommend this one, as it is cheap and long lasting)

And here comes another nail design:

Yes it's also matte ;-)
And those should be eyes, though they look more egypt than I wanted to.

I used:
essence the gel nail polish: 33 wild white ways (white)
essie: play date (lilac)
some essie nail polish for the pink (no name on it)
OPI: Get cherried away (ring finger)
MaxFactor Max Effect: 38 Purple Haze (purple)
and also Claire's matte top coat

Which do you like more, the "gothy" one or the one with the eyes?

Also I need to show you one of my new favourite clothes - the fluffiest pullover on earth. I bought it at newyorkers - if you have one near you go and check if they still have it - very cheap and it keeps me sooo warm. Nothing better for the current weather!
I wore it with a lot of black.

Have a snowy saturday,

January 20, 2016

#19 Photography - A walk in wintery nature wonderland

As title says, I took a walk and made some photographs of beautiful things in nature.
All shots are made in Austria.

Guess what plant this belongs to? 
And what plant has "fruits" like this?
This was a flower in summer. Which one?
Cut tree seems to be damaged. Maybe some fungus?
This is made by an animal. Who can tell me which one?
Tell me if you like or dislike the photographs.
And yes, it was very cold. We currently have about -5°C here, which is horrible for warmth-loving people like me.

Have a not so cold wednesday,

January 7, 2016

#18 Nail design and review - Wonders of matte

So I bought a new nail polish - you'll see it below. Therefore I had to play around with the two matte nail polishes I now own.
Last week I saw that Catrice will sell a matte topcoat this year - I really have to get that. It's on my list of the few things I have to buy.

Before I show you the matte nail design I want to do a review of a nail polishes which I think more people have to know about.
I'm talking about the Logona nail polish. Colour 04 pink blossom.

That colour is just sooo beautiful!
The polishes are NaTrue and BDIH certificated (which are good organic certificates) and contain only natural ingredients - no chemical matterials as in normal nail polishes. Some of those chemicals are presumed to be quite harmful.
It's not vegan, as it contains shellac, which is harvested from scales.
The average price for a bottle is about €12 as far as I found out. Yes that is pretty expensive, but therefor it's not damaging.
The finish is not exactly matte, more like a satin finish.
Of course there is also a negative thing. Shellack seems to be not that hard material in this combination. When you bump your nail into something, you can see an impression. As I can't take care of my nails I have lines and edges in my polish everywhere after a day *laugh*

Considering all facts I still think it is very important to support new brands that don't fill us up with chemicals.
Do you guys care about those things? Do you buy Logona's or ebelin's nail polishes or others?

Then I had to try out a new nail design. Here it comes:

For the black effects I used the new nail polish I talked about. It's essence's effect nail polish latex matte in 32 the black cat.
As you can see it's some dots, triangles and what should be like french manicure.
Don't use a normal top coat here, or the nice matte effect will get lost. If you have one, I think you can use a matte topcoat to seal.
Hope you like this design as much as I do.

One thing is left, that I want to show you. Funny shot I was able to take yesterday.
You see one of my cats, Ellie, here, forming a perfect circle while sleeping:

Have a thursday full of cats,

January 6, 2016

#17 Review - Can't get any creamier

Today I show you the face creams I currently have and what effect they have on my skin.

First, my skin:
Since puberty I always had acne (big pimples shooting out all over my face), redness on forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, wide pores in the same places with a lot of blackheads. You can imagine such skin is pretty oily.
Over the last years my skin got more and more sensitive and dry. There are many drugstore products to which my skin reacts very bad (perfume, glycerine and all those ingredients not suitable for sensitive skin) with more redness, dryness and rashes.
So now my skin tends to be both oily and dry at the same parts of my face. I mean you can see it's oily and you can see the flakes of dry skin. Weird.

Now the creams (from left to right):

Alverde night cream - wild rose: for dry skin, regenerating, intensive care
This one is organic, without animal harm, vegan. Active ingredients are oils from wildrose, sunflower, avocado, olive, hyaluronic acid.
It's perfect night care for dry skin. It really moisturizes it. But if you have a problem with that, you should know it takes a while until it settled in. Smells a little like roses for a short time after application.
I think I will buy this one again when it's empty.

Dr. Hauschka face oil: for oily skin with large pores
It is to use at day and should regulate your skins oil production. Sadly it doesn't do that for me. And you can't use make up after application for quite a while, it needs long time to settle in. So think it doesn't do what it should.
I will not buy this again.

Eucerin Dermo Densifyer day cream
I am so disappointed by this one. Got it in my last glossybox. Usually I have good experience with eucerine and I already planned on buying another one (for redness).
Good things first, it really makes your skin very soft and moisturized. But my skin looks oily for the whole day.
I will use it as night cream and not buy it again.

Eucerin Aquaporin Active - rich hydrating cream
This one is actually pretty similar to the one above, but it doesn't leave that oily glow, it settles in way better and then you can use make up too. So it leaves skin soft and smooth too.
Maybe buy it again, but I would like to try out other eucerin products first (for redness).

La! Crème smart aging aloe gel
Well it should moisturize skin and fight against fine lines and wrinkles. I don't have the feeling it does that very good, but there's also no negative effect.
Will use it up but not buy again.

être belle aloe-vera moisturizing gel
Same as above, but not that expensive.
Will also use it up, but not buy it again.

Alverde Beauty & Fruity mattifying cream
Currently I really love this one and use it every day I use make up. Keeps skin soft, a little matte, and is perfect under foundation. Also since I got used to it I'm crazy about that fresh smell.
Try it! Sure I will buy it again.

Eau Thermale Avène rich hydrating cream
Everyone says this one is sooo good. But I don't have the feeling it hydrates so well and it lets my skin look oily the whole day. Using it sometimes as night cream, not buying it again.

That's it.
In case you're wondering why I don't use any cream for acne, they dry out too much, can't wear foundation then (it looks horrible). Currently I'm trying out tea tree oil, using one drop mixed with my cream at day and night. If it works, you will hear about that.

Any questions about those creams? Feel free to ask.

Have a happy wednesday,